Information Management in Fab Labs: Avoiding Information and Communication Overload in Digital Manufacturing

Information Management in Fab Labs: Avoiding Information and Communication Overload in Digital Manufacturing

Sérgio Maravilhas (UNIFACS Salvador University, Brazil) and Joberto S. B. Martins (UNIFACS Salvador University, Brazil)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2061-0.ch011
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Abstract

Information is managed avoiding overload in Fab Labs, digital manufacturing environments. Collaborative spaces like Maker Spaces, Hacker Spaces, Tech Shops and Fab Labs are intended to stimulate innovation, through the exchange and sharing of information, knowledge, and experience among its members. They leverage innovation stimulating the creativity of its participants and enabling the creation of products and solutions based on personal projects, developed communally. With the motto “Learn, Make, Share,” these spaces aim to empower its members for the realization of local and community-based sustainable solutions, using open source tools and equipment's, to allow every member the possibility of creating low cost products, with the ability to very quickly show the viability of these ideas through the acceptance by the community, that will make these solutions evolve collaboratively. It will be analyzed and described how Fab Labs manage their information to avoid information overload, maximizing the networking amongst its members.
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Background And Literature Review

Like the inventors and entrepreneurs of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, who worked in their spare time in a shed, basement or, more recently, garage, creating prototypes of what later would become a successful product in a given market (Rifkin, 2011), Maker Spaces provide access to technologically advanced tools and machines, inserted in a network of participants, called Makers or Tinkerers, that can help answering questions and overcoming obstacles, faster than occurred with the lone inventor (Anderson, 2010, 2012).

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